Usually these sort of stories involve some combination of Florida, alligator, and Waffle House, but North Dakota decided to give us a surprise this week.
That’s because a woman in The Flickertail State is now being charged after bringing a wild animal into a local watering hole.
A woman who brought a wild raccoon into a North Dakota bar, which prompted state health officials to issue a warning about potential rabies exposure, is facing criminal charges.Advertisement - story continues below
Erin Christensen, 38, of Maddock, is charged with misdemeanor counts of providing false information to law enforcement, tampering with physical evidence and unlawful possession of furbearers.
Police went all out, serving several search warrants in their quest to track Christensen down.
So how did this even happen?
Christensen said her family found the raccoon on the side of a road about three months ago and named it Rocky. She said they were nursing the animal back to health with plans to release it back into the wild.
The story did not have a happy ending for the wild creature: Under North Dakota law, Rocky had to be euthanized. He also tested negative for rabies – a good sign for bar patrons who may have interacted with him.